American League All-Stars @ National League All-Stars
Jered Weaver @ Roy Halladay
8:00 PM EDT | Chase Field (Phoenix, AZ)
TV: FOX RADIO: ESPN
Here are the line-ups for the All-Star Game tonight in Arizona.
Curtis Granderson CF Rickie Weeks 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS Carlos Beltran DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B Matt Kemp CF
Jose Bautista RF Prince Fielder 1B
Josh Hamilton LF Brian McCann C
Adrian Beltre 3B Lance Berkman RF
David Ortiz DH Matt Holliday LF
Robinson Cano 2B Troy Tulowitzki SS
Alex Avila C Scott Rolen
Jered Weaver P Roy Halladay P
If you subscribe to the notion that your best hitter should hit 3rd in the line-up, it’s impressive that Adrian Gonzalez is hitting third for the AL. Most would agree he is the best hitter in baseball right now, but considering who’s in the line-up around him, it’s still impressive that he is in that spot. I always find the line-ups for the All-Star game entertaining. Robinson Cano the winner of the HR Derby is hitting 8th. Scott Rolen has had the majority of his at-bats batting 4th for the Cincinnati Reds yet he is hitting ninth for the NL. Curtis Granderson has only played one game in the lead-off spot this year for the Yankees, but there he is in that spot. Troy Tulowitzki hasn’t hit in the 8th spot since 2008, but that is where Bruce Bochy penciled him in. Obviously it doesn’t matter, there’s no wrong way to fill out an All-Star line-up, I just always find it entertaining.
PLAYER OF THE DAY
The most innings any Red Sox pitcher threw in a single All-Star game was 3.1 by Frank Sullivan in 1955. The game was played at County Stadium in Milwaukee and was started by Billy Pierce of the White Sox for the AL and Robin Roberts of the Phillies for the AL. Sullivan came on in the 8th and gave up a single to Hank Aaron scoring Ted Kluszewski. The run was charged to Whitey Ford, but Sullivan was charged with a blown save as that run allowed the NL to tie the game at 5-5. Sullivan pitched the rest of the game but took the loss when he allowed a walk-off home run to Stan Musial leading off the bottom of the 12th inning.